The ‘blurb’
The Exeter Arms is a traditional ale pub and Dancing Duck Brewery Free House situated in the heart of Derby.
On the bar you will find three Dancing Duck beers, Marston’s Pedigree and two constantly rotating guest ales, as well as an array of fine lagers, ciders, wines, spirits and single malts.
We offer innovative and tasty cutting edge pub food as well as classics.
Our review:
We visited this not-much-to-look-at city centre pub on a busy Saturday night, as we had previously been here for meals and loved everything that was put in front of us! I’m not saying that one of our party of 6 is hard to please (am definitely not looking at you, mum!), but we had thought long and hard about finding a place that would be quiet enough to have a good conversation, (there was a very loud laugher next to us for a while, but there always is, isn’t there?) but with plenty of atmosphere and charm and most importantly, amazing food.
Because the menu has such a clever mix of rustic, traditional and innovative offerings, it is a great bet for a dinner or lunch out – whether it be a celebration, a date night away from the kids (we’re freeee!), or a quick lunch to recharge after shopping or before the football! There will almost certainly be something for everyone’s taste and palate and 100% sure to please dessert lovers! Real ale lovers will be spoilt by the choice on the bar and there is also a really decent range of wine to choose from, for the vinophiles like Derby Mums!
We decided to have a mixture of starter and main dishes, to all come at once, and this was not a problem – in some establishments, you can be made to feel like you’ve just ordered a chair leg with added frogspawn, when you make this request.
After a not unreasonable wait of about 30 minutes* (you know who you are, that chose that dish…),our table was soon groaning with quite frankly mouthwatering goodness!
* I don’t think this is much of a wait at all – it was a busy Saturday night, match day and also in the middle of a Beer Festival – so hats off to them!*
From their buckets of chips, with chorizo, jalapeno or sea salt, to perfectly-cooked steak (sorry, Mr DMs, I lied when I said there wasn’t one on the menu) to a beautifully creamy risotto, fragrant and tender lamb and melt-in-the-mouth haddock, please rest assured that there wasn’t a scrap left on any plate.
A good indicator of a great meal is when at least someone around the table is mumbling, “I’m soo full” whilst repeatedly jabbing more food into their mouth.
No name calling here – we stand as one.
That said, desserts (the cherry bakewell went down particularly quickly) were ordered too and duly polished off by those unfortunates who hadn’t eaten a scrap for at least 3 minutes. They came just in time…
For a party of six, including three desserts and all drinks including *a few* very large glasses of wine, the bill was just under £130, which we thought was great value.
I’m not sure if I would take little ones here – not because they are unfriendly or unaccommodating; they are completely the opposite and a very friendly and helpful bunch – but just because the food is so good, I’m not sure kiddos would appreciate it, would maybe still clamour for chewed up chicken-type-thingies and quite frankly it might just be wasted on them! (sorry, gourmet babies)
note: If you take a look at the menus mentioned below, do check before you book, as some dished may not be available in the new autumn menu. There’s nothing worse than food envy / disappointment….
Our verdict:
Delicious, made-from-scratch food with just the right balance of rustic, traditional and uniquely quirky! Unassuming exterior, but who cares? – great atmosphere, beautifully and creatively decorated
Derby Mums rating:  om nom nom
Some previous reviews for the Exeter Arms –

“Truly outstanding cuisine, fantastic customer service and all in Derby’s best public house…..what more could I ask for!!”

I visited the pub today with friends and tried the Sunday lunch for the first time and boy we were not disappointed!! All three of us ordered the roast beef with trimmings which was first class, in fact we all said we have never had a roast dinner that could has come close. The staff went out of their way to ensure we enjoyed our mealy such as bringing you extra gravy, allowing us the time to enjoy our meal before asking whether we wanted dessert. Of course after sampling an amazing meal we wanted to see whether the desserts were to the same standard. ….omg, truly scrumptious. …..well the Exeter we will definitely be back, thank you!!

“Hidden Gem”

We recently visited here with another couple and if I had to describe it in one word it would simply be ‘Amazing’. I have to admit you walk into the back street pub and think that it’s a throw back from the 80’s but the atmosphere is very friendly and welcoming. It can get very crowded on match days but once it has died down its fine. The menu is very mouth watering with so many dishes to choose from. We had starters, mains and desserts and cannot find one bad thing to say about any of them, I can’t even recommend any specific dish as they were all fantastic!! I will definitely be going back again soon.

Take a look at their
Summer Starter menu here (autumn menu to be updated soon, so do check before you book)

The Exeter Arms, Exeter Place, Derby DE1 2EU

01332 605323




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